How to keep your family and yourself busy and happy while staying at home

How to keep your family and yourself busy and happy at home

Staying home for many days on end requires a lot of adjustment for some of us. No matter how much of a homebody one is, staying indoors for a long period of time can take a toll on anyone. “Cabin fever” is very real.

As Singapore heads into a “circuit breaker” period where we stay home for a month to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our country, we have five suggestions to keep you occupied at home to spruce up your days.

Now that you have some time, you could catch up on your favourite drama series (or discover new shows), have a chat with your family about growing savings and investments, or take steps to try something new - like a recipe or an exercise routine.

1. Review your new year’s resolution

Review your new year’s resolution

When thinking about your goals for the new decade, you might have had saving more or reviewing your investments on the list. But time has flown by and with the current situation, heading to a bank branch to get started on those resolutions will be unlikely for a while.

Instead, you can consider opening an online trading account as the first step towards your investment journey. Browse educational articles online to brush up your financial knowledge if you’re a beginner, and gain insights from in-depth reports if you consider yourself savvier.

At the same time, why not involve your kids in your discovery journey as well? In simplifying certain concepts to your children, both parties could enjoy the learning experience together as a family. It never hurts to instil a sense of curiosity in them from a young age - after all, they will have to make similar decisions one day.

2. Update your wardrobe

 Update your wardrobe

With the busy daily shuffling between career and family, it’s probably been a long time since you updated your wardrobe and your children’s. But as you go about the house, why not finally do the things you’ve never had the time for? As shops close and offline retail comes to a standstill, shift online to spruce up that wardrobe so you can emerge from the circuit breaker in style.

Buying your new outfit online is so convenient in this day and age, with many virtual boutiques offering quick and easy delivery and returns. Check out Zalora for 26% off with no minimum spend if you’re a new user. Or #SupportLocal and get yourself something from homegrown fashion label Love, Bonito, where you can get up to 15% off your total bill.

All your purchases could net you a sure-win gift when you hit your spending goals by shopping online. Just sign up for the DBS Go Online Promotion on DBS Lifestyle App, shop online, and play a game to redeem your gift.

3. Give your kids’ grades a boost

Give your kids’ grades a boost

As Singapore schools shift to home-based learning and tuition centres close, children may find it harder than before to keep up or to stay on top of their work. In this situation, online supplementary tuition providers, such as 88tuition, provide video-based learning materials suitable for Primary 1 to Secondary 4 students for subjects such as English, Mandarin, Mathematics and the Sciences. A team of qualified educators create the material, and students can take charge of their learning by reviewing difficult sections and rewatching videos to learn from their mistakes.

Parents can sign up for a free 7-day trial on their online platform - and if suitable, DBS cardholders can get up to S$100 off monthly fees.

4. Day-to-day banking at your fingertips

Make mealtimes fun for the family

Though some bank branches remain open, lots of people would rather stay home than head out at all. Banking is essential and you shouldn’t have to give it up, so what used to require a trip to the bank now can be done at your fingertips with POSB digibank online. With this, you can do everything from checking your statements and cashflow online to setting up recurring payments to your regular establishments! Seize this opportunity to automate your regular banking transactions to free up your energy for things that truly matter to you. If you need to update your particulars or get a new ATM card, that can be arranged online too.

While you’re at that, it’s a good time to also check out NAV Planner, a new tool on digibank that lets you see the big picture with all your finances (even if they’re not with POSB). By viewing your financial decisions as part of a whole, you can track, protect and grow your money with clarity and confidence. Plus, NAV Planner will make your money habits work for you with personalised advice.

5. Make mealtimes fun for the family

Thinking of whipping up a new dish but never had the chance to experiment? Now’s the perfect time to do so! Start by picking a few recipes together and ordering your groceries online. Better yet, why not make it a family affair and get everyone involved? You could even make it a mini competition - parents versus kids, and rate each others’ dishes at the end of the night according to taste, presentation and affordability. Who says dining at home has to be boring?

Your family’s routine may have changed with COVID-19, but that doesn’t mean you can’t adapt and make new routines. Staying at home can reap you benefits such as saving transportation costs and you can even get rewarded for shopping online, but best of all, you get the gift of time with your loved ones.

For more ideas on what to do from home, check out our guide to keeping calm and carrying on during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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